Vincent Nobile wins K&N Challenge

Updated: July 7, 2012, 8:42 PM ET
Associated Press

NORWALK, Ohio -- Vincent Nobile became the youngest driver to win the K&N Horsepower Challenge, the special Pro Stock race-within-a-race bonus event Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

The 21-year-old Nobile drove his Dodge Avenger to a 6.750-second run at 205.94 mph in the final round to hold off Jason Line for the $50,000 prize.

Johnny Gray, Steve Torrence, Allen Johnson and Andrew Hines also raced to the No. 1 qualifying spots in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

In Top Fuel, Torrence remained on top of the field. Torrence drove to a 3.829-second run at 319.98 mph to take his second No. 1 qualifying position of the season. Gray took the top spot in Funny Car, driving his Dodge Charger to a 4.094 run at 306.33. It's Gray's second No. 1 of the season and third of his career.

Johnson topped the Pro Stock field. He drove his Dodge Avenger to a 6.663 run at 207.34 to earn him his sixth No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 24th of his career. He has two wins this season.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hines had a run of 6.961 at 192.85 on his Harley-Davidson.


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